Speaking on the afternoon of June 11, she noted the campus’s relative calm after the frenzy of reunions and commencement. At the Keller Center, though, this is “when everything heats up,” said Martonosi, the center’s director and the Hugh Trumbull Adams ’35 Professor of Computer Science. “We get a big influx of incredibly high-energy people like you, and we watch cool things happen all summer.
This is the seventh year of the Keller Center’s eLab Summer Accelerator Program, in which teams of undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates spend 10 weeks developing startup ideas with help and advice from professors, entrepreneurs and technology experts.
The kickoff barbecue also marked the start of the Keller Center’s summer Tiger Challenge, in which student teams use design thinking to address social challenges on the Princeton campus and in nearby communities; and the International Research Exchange Program (REACH), which brings engineering students from Germany, Hong Kong and Taiwan to Princeton for research internships.
The seven teams in the eLab Summer Accelerator will receive seed funding and training to advance innovations that include a noninvasive glucose sensor, an app for recording and sharing memories, and a platform that applies blockchain-based privacy to digital messaging and payments. The teams will present their work at the program’s annual demo days in Princeton on August 14 and New York City on August 15.